Japanese engineers build first solar power plant in Australia

Builders in Japan have built the world’s first solar energy plant on an island near the equator.

The Yashio-Yasuo plant, which is part of the Japan Solar Energy Development Corporation (JSEDC), will be used to power the island of Shizuoka, which sits just over 4,000km south of Australia’s west coast.

Mr Yashiro Shiozaki, chairman of the company that built the plant, said the plant would be powered by the sun in the summer, providing electricity for the island.

The project is expected to create around 5,000 jobs in Japan and Japan’s solar industry is booming.

Japan has been investing heavily in renewable energy, with an investment of $2.2 billion in the past three years.

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